Recall I said yes to riding the mountain bike race with Maia last week, with no small amount of hesitation (I had known about it for 2 months). Eh, what could it hurt. I headed down to Breckenridge on Wednesday for just the night and the morning race, planning to have at best a moderately good time. My companions, aside from Maia, all work at a triathlon shop, Colorado Multisport. But I quit triathlon. So we probably would not get along. Thank god for being wrong. For one thing the race was super fun and challenging. Our race strategy was we flipped a coin and so I rode the first lap which ...
Here's the latest on my back problems, which might be of interest to any of you out there experiencing back pain or riding with shims under your cleats. Today I went to the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine to determine definitively whether I have a leg length discrepancy. Without an X-ray it's not possible to tell if crookedness is structural, or if it's just a functional result of various muscle weaknesses. Most people in the peoples'-bodies industry will say that a structural leg length discrepancy is rare. Usually it's functional, they say, you don't really need that lift/shim/etc. But after saying that to me, most of these expert people have followed up by saying it really looks like I might have a ...
I raced another off-road triathlon this past weekend: the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships slash XTERRA Southeast Championship in Pelham Alabama. It was in Oak Mountain State Park, outside Birmingham, and for my first trip to Alabama this was pretty much the ideal destination.The trails were really nice, the terrain beautiful, and the people hospitable. I had a great homestay too. [caption id="attachment_3634" align="alignnone" width="119" caption="See, the trails were nice!"][/caption] As for the race, it was rendered yet another non-event-of-2012 for me when I started getting searing back pain almost as soon as I hit the trail on the bike. It hurt so much.  I'm ...
I raced my first triathlon of 2012 on April 14 outside Las Vegas. After racing one super fun small Xterra last year, and after spending more and more time on my mountain bike to the point of justifying a gorgeous upgrade, I decided to race the Xterra USA championship series this year! Las Vegas was the first stop. The swim was pretty normal, there isn't a whole lot you can do to make an off-road triathlon's swim more "rugged" than an on-road triathlon's. It was a little bit cold though. My swim was OK, I started out on a girl's feet and after a couple hundred meters I realized hey wait a minute, this girl is SLOWER than me! ...
Today Google Alert informed me that I was named USA Triathlon's runner up female elite (that means "pro" everyone) duathlete of the year! So that's kind of exciting. To recap 2011, I was the bronze medalist at the 2011 Duathlon National Championship and then the second American/12th overall at the ITU Duathlon World Championship in Spain. In my mind it doesn't quite make up for the fact that USA Triathlon changed the date & location for duathlon nationals after indicating that they'd be the same as last year, and changed the funding structure for worlds such that I will not be a duathlete this year... but I'm still happy about the honor!...
On my second-to-last day in South Africa, I raced the Totalsports Challenge Terra Firma. It's so named because it's based off the original Totalsports Challenge that runs concurrently, and has 7 events, and Dan Hugo has won it a hundred times, and those events are a mix of land and sea stages. The Terra Firma race skips the sea stages (two paddles and a swim) for those of us whose legs are faster than our arms. So it went: 50k road bike, 13k road/dirt run, 25k mountain bike, 9k beach run. The race is point-to-point with three separate transitions, so at Christmas after a suitable amount of wine I successfully roped Dan's uncle Michael into sherpa-ing me at the race! Except ...
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